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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - In the Arsenal, already with a Yonkers Raceway open stakes wins to his credit, drew post position No. 2 for Saturday night's harness racing $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. The 25th edition of the Art Rooney, one of the sport's premier events for the 3-year-old male pacers, goes as the fourth of 12 races (first post 7:10 PM, approximate post for Rooney 8:15 PM). Brian Sears drives In the Arsenal, a son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison for co-owners (breeder) White Birch Farm and In the Arsenal Racing. The colt won the second of last weekend's two elimination races, defeating Rock N' Roll World by a head in 1:53.1. In the Arsenal has won eight of his 13 career races and $431,843, making him the richest of the octet the final. He first gained prominence last summer, winning the $125,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard, the Raceway's premier event for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Last week's other elim winner, Sonofa Sizzle (1:52.1), wasn't as fortunate with the open draw. He landed behind the eight-ball with George Brennan picking up the assignment for trainer Josh Green. Sears drove the son of Life Sizzles a week ago. The field for the Rooney Pace... 1 - Rock N' World (Dan Dube), 2 - In the Arsenal (Brian Sears), 3 - Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett), 4 - National Seelster (Andy Miller), 5 - Betting Exchange (Dave Miller), 6 - Bet You (Brett Miller), 7 - Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras), 8 - Sonofa Sizzle (George Brennan). Note that In the Arsenal and Betting Exchange shall race as a common-ownership entry. Saturday night's undercard is led by the companion event, the $117,724 Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies (6th race, approximate post 9 PM). The half-dozen lasses... 1 - Strut My Stuff (Jordan Stratton), 2 - Bedroomconfessions (Sears), 3 - Totally Rusty (Bartlett), 4 - Sassa Hanover (Gingras), 5 - Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick), 6 - Special Package (Brennan). Note Strut My Stuff and Totally Rusty race as a (common-ownership) entry, with the latter of $15,000 supplemental entrant. Changes (if any) to these races are to be made Wednesday morning. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 23, 2015 -Harness racing driver Brian Sears was the man about town Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $40,000 eliminations for the 25th Art Rooney Pace. A total of 13 3-year-old gentlemen-11 colts and two geldings-began the night, with the first four finishers in each elim getting a pass through the velvet robe into the stakes finale. Sears took of the first event with a first-up Sonofa Sizzle ($9.90) in 1:52.1. He held off Betting Exchange (Dave Miller) by a neck after the front end folded. The front end came in the form of 6-5 favorite Soto (Brett Miller), who worked around Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett) and threw down intervals of :27.2 :56 and 1:24.1. Meanwhile, scourge of Delaware Sonaofa Sizzle, from post position No. 3, had engaged the leader before putting him away. He held off Betting Exchange, who was three-wide early before slipping out in the lane. Cartoon Daddy (catch-driver Dan Dube) was a never-threatening third, with Arque Hanover, despite breaking early in the lane, finished fourth to get into the final. A tiring Soto and an outrun A Bettor Hat (George Brennan) rounded out the order. For second choice Sonofa Sizzle, son of Life Sizzles owned by Michael White and trained by Josh Green, it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $81.50, with the triple returning $190. "He did everything I asked of him," Sears said "It helped that they mixed it up a bit early, but he was very sharp." Let's not gloss over the "interesting" effort of Arque Hanover, who, in the words of his date, was a victim of too much pace and no place to go. "I was overloaded," Bartlett said. "He was definitely a winner. He had so much pace, he started getting crooked on me and made a break. It's shows how good he was that he came back and made the final, anyway." The second elimination saw odds-on choice In the Arsenal ($2.50), whose debutante effort came in last season's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace here, barely prevail. Leaving from post No. 2, he gave the first lead to Rock N' Roll World (Dube) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. In the Arsenal then moved to the lead, completing his rounds (:57.2, 1:26, 1:53.1). Rock N' World, now a runner-up in all four races this season, tried In the Arsenal in the passing lane by missed a head. National Seelester (Dave Miller) and Bet You (Brett Miller) also earned their invites to return, while Rolling Ring Afire (catch-driver Tyler Buter), Western Pioneer (Brennan) and a breaking Penji Hanover (Mark MacDonald) completed the order. For In the Arsenal, a son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison for co-owners (breeder) White Birch Farm and In the Arsenal Racing, it was his second win in as many '15 tries. The exacta paid $10.20, with the triple returning $16. "He's more mature mentally and physically than he was at 2," Sears said. "In elimination races, you have to race a favorite as if he's the favorite, so I put him on the lead. He knows what he's doing out there." The $300,000 final of the Rooney goes next Saturday night (May 30), along with the six-lass $117,724 Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies). The open draw for both stakes takes place late Tuesday morning. Saturday's $42,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --(Trot), Luminosity (Brennan, $6.50) in 1:54.4 --(Pace), Duc Dorleans (MacDonald, $16.60) in 1:51.3. No one took down the Saturday Pick 5, so Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,501.50 and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool (program pages available at www.yonkersraceway.com). The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 every racing program. The Raceway's live season continues Memorial Day evening (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, pair of finals in the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note there is no live racing or evening simulcasting June 3-12, inclusive. Afternoon simulcasting is available daily, including the June 6th Belmont Stakes. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 22, 2015 - With the Stanley Cup playoffs down to the nitty and the gritty, it was apropos that Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) would record a Friday night harness racing hat-trick. She had to work a bit harder for this one than the previous two, but she was more than up to it, winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace in convincing fashion. Ordered outside her seven rivals, the 3-5 favorite fell into line fourth as Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) paid a :26.4 price for the privilege of leading the way. Witch Dali (Jordan Stratton) strung that one out, with pole-assigned Canaco Star (Dan Dube) third In turn two, was Krispy Apple moving again, making the lead by the :55.1 intermission. She went Westchester wide, however, as Witch Dali pulled pocket before aborting that attempt. Meanwhile, the new leader was well in hand at the 1:23.2 three-quarters, taking a two-length lead into the lane. The final margin was 2½ lengths in 1:53, a length closer and a few ticks slower than her previous two wins, but she is getting older. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her fourth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.80, with the triple returning $179. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM, eliminations for the Art Rooney Pace). After that, it's Memorial Night Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM, two finals in the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 19, 2015-Thirteen harness racing 3-year-old pacers of the male gender-11 colts and two geldings-have been entered for the 25th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. The number has necessitated a pair of $40,000 elimination races this Saturday night (May 23), with the first four in each qualifying for the $300,000 final, set for a week from Saturday night (May 30). So, if you guessed $380,000 in the total purse pool, you get a cookie. First elim (6th race)... 1- Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett), 2- Soto (Brett Miller), 3- Sonofa Sizzle (Dave Miller), 4- Betting Exchange (Dave Miller also listed), 5- Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras), 6- A Bettor Hat (George Brennan). Second elim (7th race)... 1- National Seelster (Dan Dube), 2- In the Arsenal (Brian Sears), 3- Rock N' Roll World (Dube also listed), 4- Bet You (Brett Miller), 5- Rolling Ring Afire (Charlie Norris), 6- Penji Hanover (Mark MacDonald), 7- Western Pioneer (MacDonald also listed). A Bettor Hat and Bet You are the geldings in the group. The Art Rooney Pace, whose name was chosen by a fan vote, began in 1989, a year after the death of Art Sr. It was not contested in 2004-05, and raced at Monticello in 2006. The companion event for the Rooney, the 11th Lismore for soph pacing fillies, attracted a half-dozen. It goes for $117,724 and is a one-dash event Saturday, May 30. The alphabetical roster is Bedroom Confessions, Purrfect Bags, Sassa Hanover, Special Package, Strut My Stuff and Totally Rusty ($15,000 supplemental entrant). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 16, 2015 - A repeating Luminosity (George Brennan, $7.40) and Big N Bad (Eric Carlson, $26.20) shared the Saturday night harness racing glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $42,000 Open Handicaps. Luminosity, from outside post position No. 7 in the weekly marquee trot, plotzed into a pocket behind Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton). That one threw down early intervals of :27.3 and :56.4 before Stan the Man (Jason Bartlett) moved from fourth. "Stan" didn't do much for the cause, including 3-4 fave Obrigado (Mark MacDonald), who was operating from third-over. Meanwhile, "Dewy" found a 1:25.3 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, Luminosity edged out and by, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:54.2. Obrigado and Il Mago (Dan Dube), both compromised by a stagnant tow, rallied for second and third, respectively. Dewycolorintheline and Tweet Me (Tyler Buter) rounded out the payees. For second Luminosity , a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his sixth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18.60, with the triple returning $75.50. The week's featured pace had Big N Bad, from post No, 3, have no such issues hitchin' a ride. He wound up second-up behind 7-5 choice Fool Me One (Brennan) as that one put the heat upon Sapphire City (MacDonald). Sapphire City, at a baker's-dozen-to-one, had led through sub-sections of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:24.2. He dispatched former New York Sire Stakes champ Fool Me Once and owned a length-and-half lead in and out of the final turn. Unfortunately for Sapphire City and his legions, unwanted company was coming in the form of a pocketed The Real One (Pat Lachance) and Big N Bad. The latter whipped the former by a half-length in 1:52.4, with P H Supercam (Bartlett), Sapphire City and Casimir Jitterbug (Buter) settling for the minor moolah. The five check-getters were separated by 1¾ lengths at the wire. For fifth choice Big N Bad, a 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Jennifer Sabot, it was his fifth win in 11 '15 tries. The exacta paid $76.50, the triple returned $400 and the superfecta paid $3,182. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a "French-centric" Tuesday (1 PM, second round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

They left Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $2.70) alone-again--Friday night and the seven-figure lass made 'em pay--again, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing  featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In other words, if you're looking for suspense, run along, nothing to see here. Once again assigned outside her six foes, the millionairess worked around Magic Starlight (George Brennan), then had no issues whatsoever (:28.3, :57.3, 1:25, 1:52.2). The time was a tick faster than a week ago, as well as a season's-best effort. The final margin for Krispy Apple was 3½ lengths, same as last week's romp. It was 34-1 rank outsider (Tyler Buter) sitting a three-hole and outgaming Magic Starlight for the role of bridesmaid. Witch Dali (Jordan Stratton)-making her first start since running roughshod in March's Petticoat Pacing Series-and Delightful Dragon (Dan Dube) completed the cashers. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her third win in eight seasonal starts (career earnings of $1,344,323). The exacta paid $32.40, with the triple returning $114.50 The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a a "French-centric" Tuesday (1 PM, third round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting (including Saturday's Preakness Day card from Pimlico [first post 10:30 AM]) available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 9, 2015--Wagering choices Luminosity (George Brennan, $4.90) and Michael's Power (Dan Dube, $5.50) both went down the road Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured harness racing $42,000 Open Handicaps. Luminosity, from post position No. 7 in the weekly marquee trot, eschewed an early seat. He drove past Il Mago (Dube) just after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, a :56.3 intermission, then back-half markers of 1:25.2 and 1:54.1...the latter making it the fastest local trot mile of the season. Season-debuting Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) rallied into second--beaten a length-and-quarter--from an assigned eight-hole (at 37-1), with Il Mago third. Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton) and A Cool Million (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees. For Luminosity , a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his fifth win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $117, the triple returned $589 and the superfecta paid $1,858. The week's featured pace Michael's Power, from post No. 8, held off Sapphire City (MacDonald) by a short nostril in a two-speed number (:27, :56.1, 1:24.4, 1:53). Third went a late-arriving The Real One (Pat Lachance), with Duel in the Sun (Brennan) and Big N Bad (Brian Sears) settling for the remainder. The first six finishers were separated by a length-and-a-half. For Michael's Power, a 6-year-old homebred Camluck gelding bred/owned by Jeff Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, it was his sixth win in 13 '15 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $18.20, with the triple returning $47.60. Special Saturday props to Moonliteonthebeach (Bartlett, $7.20), whose 1:51.1 win in the $25,000, 10th-race pace matched Domethatagain's fastest Westchester pacing mile of the season. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, second round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 8, 2015 - They left Krispy Apple and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett alone Friday night and the seven-figure sister made 'em pay, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside her six foes, the millionairess worked around Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance), then had an anxious moment (:27.3, 57.1, 1:25.1, 1:52.3). Despite the cheapy fractions, "Jillian" lost touch, while 7-5 fave Delightful Dragon (George Brennan) was never able to get close from first-up. The final margin for Krispy Apple, as the second choice, was 3½ lengths, with 10-1 Cherry Bliss (Mark MacDonald) winning a three-way scrum for second. Delightful Dragon, Sir Jillian Z Tam and Virgin Mary (Jordan Stratton) settled for the remainder. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her second win in seven seasonal starts (career earnings of $1,313,323). The exacta paid $72.50, with the triple returning $307. Note that since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick offers a carryover of $3,165.90 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a Tuesday (1 PM, second round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 7, 2015--A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway regarding its scheduled early June live racing hiatus. After the matinee program of Tuesday, June 2 (first post 1 PM), Yonkers gets some R&R, returning Saturday night, June 13 (first post 7:10 PM). Please be advised there is no evening simulcasting during Yonkers' down time, though afternoon simulcasting remains available daily (including the June 6 Belmont Stakes). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 2, 2015 - It was "The Buter and the Beautiful" Saturday afternoon, with Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Hannah Davis visiting harness racing Yonkers Raceway. The lovely Ms. Davis was on hand to take pictures with fans as well as judge-with the equally-lovely Tyler Buter, one of the Raceway's leading drivers-Empire City's annual Kentucky Derby tradition, the "Fancy Derby Hat Contest." A good time was had by the participants, though there was one complaint. "I hate being constantly stalked by the paparazzi," Buter said. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 2, 2015--Season-debuting Bee A Magician (Brian Sears, $9.20) and Michael's Power (Dan Dube, $4.20) both went down the road Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured harness racing $42,000 Open Handicaps. Bee A Magician, 2013's Harness Horse of the Year, showed no signs of a five-month hiatus and a pair of mundane qualifiers in the weekly trotting feature. In play from penultimate post position No. 56, she worked around Luminosity (George Brennan), then held sway through weight stations of :27.4, :57.1, 1:26.3 and 1:54.4. That effort established a new track record for aged trotting mares. Luminosity chased around the oval, but was beaten a head. It was more than lengths back to Tweet Me (Tyler Buter) in third, with Lorenzo Dream (Jason Bartlett) and Modest Prince (Steve Smith) completing the cashers. Not Afraid (Dube), first-up as the 7-5 favorite, was poor and backpedaled to last. For third choice Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, it was her 32nd win in 48 career starts ($2,756,270). The exacta paid $36.50, with the triple returning $206.50. The week's featured pace saw 11-10 choice Michael's Power, from post No. 5, move past One Through Ten (Bartlett), then finish it off (:27.3, :56.3, 1:24.4, 1:52.1), Second, beaten 2½ lengths, was a buried-alive The Real One (Pat Lachance), who skimmed the cones. One Though Ten, Duel in the Sun (Mark MacDonald) and Big N Bad (Sears) settled for the remainder. For Michael's Power, a 6-year-old homebred Camluck gelding bred/owned by Jeff Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, it was his fifth win in 12 '15 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $9.50, with the triple returning $66.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, first round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 25, 2015 - March Awareness (George Brennan, $5.40, part of favored entry) tagged A Cool Million (Jordan Stratton) on the money Tuesday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $66,500 harness racing final of the aptly-named YR/SOA of New York Bonus Trotting Series. Working out a second-over trip from post position No. 5, March Awareness chased A Cool Million as that one threw down intervals of :28, :57.3 and 1:25.4. Bentley Karan (Jason Bartlett) was sequestered second. The leader's stablemate/entrymate, Lucky Colby (Eric Carlson), was first-up, towing March Awareness in behind. A Cool Million owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but March Awareness was getting to him. The latter stuck his tongue out late, winning by a short schnozz in a season's-best 1:55.4. Third went to Bentley Karan, with Lucky Colby and Massive Talent (Andy Miller) rounding out the payees. Detroit Rapper (Jim Marohn Jr.), Dot Dot Dot Dash (Dan Dube) and ABC Crown Me Queen (Brian Sears) completed the order. For March Awareness, a 5-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his fourth win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid exacta paid $14, with the triple returning $33.60. "He had a good trip, a good mile, even though I moved him earlier in the turn," Brennan said. "They added an inside head pole, and that definitely helped. It worked out very well." A $30,000 series consolation was won by Striker Ace (Tyler Buter, $48.60) in 1:57.4. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 25, 2015 - “The last quarter is her best quarter.” Such was pre-race assessment and post-race reminder from harness racing driver Jason Bartlett after Venus Delight ($5.80, part of entry) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open Pacing Mares. Starting from the inside post position in harness racing’s second-richest race of the season to date (behind the final of the G-M Levy), Venus Delight gave up the early baton to last season’s runner-up, Yagonnakissmeornot (Brian Sears). That one laid down early intervals of 27-second flats and :56.1 before her stablemate/entrymate Carolsideal (Dan Dube), the other half of the 1-2 favored proposition, moved from fourth. “Yagonna” and “Carol” moved in tandem toward a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with “Venus” pocketed and Monkey on My Wheel (Dave Miller) working from second-over. Yagonnakissmenot maintained a tenuous lead in and out of the final turn, but Venus Delight was waiting for her close-up. She ducked in and went by a stubborn leader, prevailing by three-quarters of a length in a season’s-best 1:52.4. Carolsideal held third, with Fancy Desire (Yannick Gingras) and the winner’s parimutuel partner, Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick), grabbing the final two pay envelopes. Monkey on My Wheel, String (Eric Carlson) and the retiring Camille (George Brennan) completing the order.    For second choice (with her stablemate) Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight owned by Bamond Racing LLC and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her third in in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid exacta paid $8.10, with the triple returning $19.80. “Last week (final series preliminary leg), I wanted to see her on the front because she hadn’t been there in so long,” Bartlett said. “She didn’t seem as comfortable. She’d rather have a target to go after.” A $75,000 series consolation was won by a first-up For the Ladies N (Sears, $13.40) in 1:53.1. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 24, 2015-Pole-assigned Dune in Red (Tyler Buter, $16.80) held off the cavalry Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing featured $31,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace After seeing Fanticipation (Mark MacDonald) grab the first glory, Dune in Red edged from the pocket. The one made the lead just at a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then rated a :57.3 intermission. Sweetnsinful (Jason Bartlett) then moved from fourth as the 3-2 favorite, prompting the pace through a brisk :27.4 third quarter (1:25.2). Delightful Dragon (Brian Sears) tried to match strides with Sweetnsinful, but found herself gapping down the backside. It was Dune in Red widening to 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn. She would need just about all that margin in a very slow (:29.2) final quarter, before lasting by a neck in 1:54.4. RD IOU and Fanticipation wound up in a dead-heat for second, with a late-arriving Delightful Dragon and Sweetninsful rounded out the payees. The first five finishers were separated by a length-and-a-quarter. For fifth choice Dune in Red, a 5-year-old daughter of Duneside Perch owned by Hero Stables and trained by Chris Marino, it was her first win four seasonal starts. The exactas paid $30.40 (with RD IOU second) and $160 (with Fanticipation second), with the triples returning $287.50 (RD IOU second) and $448 (Fancipation second). The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the sport's two richest races of the season to date-finals of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (purse $529,000)-highlighting a $1.2 million purse card. GEORGE MORTON LEVY MEM. FINAL - SAT'S 8TH RACE HN/PP HORSE DRIVER 1/7 MACH IT SO Tim Tetrick 1A/8 P H SUPERCAM Jason Bartlett 2/1 DOMETHATAGAIN Dan Dube 3/2 LUCAN HANOVER Dave Miller 4/3 WINDSONG JACK Eric Carlson 5/4 BEACH MEMORIES Yannick Gingras 6/5 TAKE IT BACK TERRY George Brennan 7/6 POLAK A Brian Sears BLUE CHIP MATCHMAKER FINAL - SAT'S 6TH RACE HN/PP HORSE DRIVER 1/1 VENUS DELIGHT Jason Bartlett 1A/7 KRISPY APPLE Tim Tetrick 2/2 YAGONNAKISSMEORNOT Brian Sears 2A/4 CAROLSIDEAL Dan Dube 3/3 FANCY DESIRE Yannick Gingras 4/5 MONKEY ON MY WHEEL Dave Miller 5/6 STRINGS Eric Carlson 6/8 CAMILLE George Brennan The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the two richest races of the season to date, finals of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (purse $529,000). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, $66,500 final of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - During the glory days of Army football in the mid-1940's, there was "Mr. Inside" (Felix 'Doc' Blanchard) and "Mr. Outside" (Glenn Davis). It took two people to play those roles then. However, harness racing driver Jason Bartlett is so talented, he can dress up as "Mr. Inside" and "Mr.. Outside" all by his lonesome, with a performance scheduled for Saturday night. Bartlett found himself experiencing both end of Yonkers Raceway's open-draw stakes spectrum, landing the pylons in the $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, then banished to the eight-hole with defending champion P H Supercam in the $529,000 finale of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Both horses are owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr. The 28th edition of the Levy-a Free-For-All event named for the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway-is the sport's richest race of the season to date, while the seventh Matchmaker (an Open Mare Pace) is at No. 2 on the hit parade. Ladies First, so, with the Matchmaker going as the sixth race of Yonkers' dozen-race card (first post 7:10 PM, co-feature approximately 9 PM). "Obviously, you're going to use to it her (Venus Delight's) advantage," Bartlett said. "Push out, not get away third and fourth. There's no 'looking to work a trip from third or fourth' here. "She's not real quick, but she can go all day. Her last quarter is usually her best one." Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, earned her way into the final with two wins and a second in three prelim starts. She comes off a season's-best 1:53.2 effort (also from the inside post position) in Round 4 of this series, then earned last week off. While Bartlett was loving his starting venue with "Venus," he was loathing his point of entry with P H Supercam. The Levy is as the eighth race (feature approximately 9:50 PM). "It's unfortunate, but we have to play the hands that's dealt," he said. "(P H Supercam) is very versatile, and you can race him any way you want. "I think he's shown he's the best horse in this series, and he really hasn't had to be raced too hard. "He's coming into the final as sharp as he can be, but I also know you don't win too many races here sitting last. My job is to find a way to get him involved." P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding, was a perfect 4-for-4 in series competition, the last win (1:52.3) making him a career millionaire ($1,012,291). The draw for the final of the Levy... 1-Domethatagain (Dan Dube), 2-Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller), 3-Windsong Jack (Eric Carlson), 4-Beach Memories (Yannick Gingras), 5-Take it Back Terry (George Brennan). 6-Polak A (Brian Sears), 7-Mach it So (Tim Tetrick), 8-P H Supercam (Bartlett). Note that Mach it So and P H Supercam race as a common ownership/trainer entry. The draw for the final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker... 1-Venus Delight (Bartlett), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (Sears), 3-Fancy Desire (Gingras), 4-Carolsideal (Dube), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (Dave Miller), 6-Strings (Eric Carlson), 7-Krispy Apple (Tetrick), 8-Camille (Brennan). Note a pair of coupled common-ownership/trainer entries in Venus Delight and Krispy Apple & Yagonnakissmeornot and Carolsideal. Two series consolations were carded as races 5 (Matchmaker, $75,000) and 7 (Levy, $100,000), along with a $50,000 race for eligibles to the Levy (fourth race). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - The post position gods gazed at P H Supercam and mocked him. Defending George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series harness racing champ? Don't care. Won all four of his series starts this season, leading in prelim points? Big whoop. New-minted millionaire? You'd better bring more to the table than that. The overseers of the open draw made sure P H Supercam is going to have it earn it. He sits in the lovely eight-hole Saturday night (Apr.25) for Yonkers Raceway's $529,000 final of the season's tribute to the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway. The 28th edition of the Levy-a Free-For-All event-is the sport's richest race of the season to date. It goes as the eighth race of Yonkers' dozen-race card (first post 7:10 PM, feature approximately 9:50 PM). The draw... 1-Domethatagain (Dan Dube), 2-Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller), 3-Windsong Jack (Brian Sears), 4-Beach Memories (Yannick Gingras), 5-Take it Back Terry (George Brennan). 6-Polak A (Sears also listed), 7-Mach it So (Tim Tetrick), 8-P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett). Note that Mach it So and P H Supercam race as a common ownership/trainer entry. The evening co-featured $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (Open Pacing Mares) goes as the sixth race (approx. post 9 PM). It's the second-richest harness race of 2015 to this point. The draw... 1-Venus Delight (Bartlett), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (Sears), 3-Fancy Desire (Matt Kakaley), 4-Carolsideal (Dube), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (Sears also listed), 6-Strings (Eric Carlson), 7-Krispy Apple (Tetrick), 8-Camille (Brennan). Note a pair of coupled common-ownership/trainer entries in Venus Delight and Krispy Apple & Yagonnakissmeornot and Carolsideal. Two series consolations were carded as races 5 (Matchmaker, $75,000) and 7 (Levy, $100,000), along with a $50,000 race for eligibles to the Levy (fourth race). Changes to the Saturday program are to be made Wednesday morning (Apr. 22), with story updated accordingly. Frank Drucker

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